The Non Academic Staff Union of Universities and Senior Staff Association of Nigeria Universities have threatened to embark on a three-day protest on January 12.
The unions in a circular jointly issued on Sunday in Abuja said the planned strike was to protest the non implementation of an agreement reached with the Federal Government.
The unions under the aegis of the Joint Action Committee issued the circular to all branch chairmen of the unions in the universities and Inter-university centres.
The circular was signed by General Secretary of NASU, Peters Adeyemi, and President of SSANU, Mohammed Ibrahim.
They said a JAC meeting was held on January 8, where the Memorandum of Understanding reached and signed with the Federal Government on October 20, 2020 was reviewed.
They listed the agitations of the unions to include inconsistencies in the Integrated Payroll Personnel Information Systems payment, non-payment of Earned Allowances and non-payment of arrears of minimum wage.
Adeyemi and Ibrahim also fingered the delay in the renegotiation of the Federal Government, NASU and SSANU negotiation of 2009 as part of the agitations.
According to them, other demands are the non-payment of retirement benefits of outgone members, teaching staff usurping headships of non-teaching units in clear violation of conditions of service and establishment procedures.
They also decried the neglect and poor funding of state universities and the non-constitution of visitation panels for universities.
Adeyemi and Ibrahim added that in view of this development, the JAC, therefore, directed that a general meeting of its committees in all branches of universities and Inter-university centres be mandatorily held on January 11.
They said: “The meeting is to sensitise members on the issues, as contained in the MoU.
“That a three-day protest should hold from Tuesday, January 12 to Thursday, January 14, at each branch from 8am to 4pm each day.”
According to them, state, zonal and national officers of JAC shall monitor the three-day protest to ensure strict compliance by branches.
Adeyemi and Ibrahim added: “Every branch should ensure that all members participates fully in the protests, while all COVID- 19 protocols are to be complied with.
“As the branch protests mark the beginning of a series of industrial actions to be undertaken by JAC, you are to await further directives immediately after the three- day protest.”
They said every branch must comply and strictly adhere to the directives.